People who grind their own wheat to be healthier and produce better-tasting bread have the choice of using an electric wheat grinder or a hand-cranked wheat grinder. One real advantage to hand-cranked wheat grinders is that they don’t use electricity and in the event of a power outage, will still produce healthy and nutritious flour for bread. Some hand-cranked wheat grinders have come to be known as the best.
Back to Basics Grain Mill: Model 555
The Back to Basics Grain Mill is a stainless-steel wheat grinder that can grind rice, corn, barley, oats, soybeans and peppercorns. The mill has controls to adjust the texture of the ground wheat, from fine to coarse. On the fine setting, this grain mill can grind approximately half a cup in a minute, and on the coarse setting, it can generate approximately one cup per minute. The width is 2 1/4 inches, the length is 13 inches, and the hopper has a depth of about 3 inches and holds roughly 2 1/4 cups of grain. The mill is lightweight, weighing only 2 1/2 pounds, and clamps to the table while grinding for stability. The mill also comes with a two-year warranty from the manufacturer, and prices range from $65 to $80 depending on the store.
Country Living Grain Mill
The Country Living Grain Mill is capable of grinding most grains including wheat, corn, beans and peas. It is made from cast aircraft aluminum and has double-sealed bearings. The shaft is stainless steel and the grinding plates are carbon steel. The grinding burrs are 5 inches in diameter and specially engineered for longevity. This mill can grind about one cup in 1 1/4 minutes and the texture can be adjusted. In order to use the grinder, it is necessary to either clamp it or bolt it to the table. However, clamps are not included in the purchase price. The manufacture also sells a kit to motorize the mill so it will run on electricity. The manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty on the mill. The cost varies depending on the store, but is generally around $400.
Deluxe Golden Grain Wheat Grinder
The Deluxe Golden Grain Wheat Grinder has a 6-1/2-quart stainless-steel flour drawer and a hopper that is capable of holding up to 7 cups. This grinder comes with a motor, but also has an optional attachable handle so that the wheat can be ground by hand if desired. The grinder has self-cleaning stones and a drawer to catch the wheat after it is ground. It is capable of grinding up to 60 pounds per hour, and a lever on the back adjusts the coarseness of the flour. In addition to grinding wheat, the grinder can also handle rye, oats, millet, barley, soybeans, corn, rice, buckwheat peas, beans, alfalfa, clover or any dry seed. The dimensions of the machine are 15 inches high, 12 inches long and 13 inches wide. The Golden Grain Wheat Grinder costs right at $500, with an additional charge for the optional crank handle.
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